Silence, Solitude, Solidarity, Service
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.
The members of Contemplative Outreach of Greater Wichita, Kansas seek the living tradition of the contemplative Christian heritage through the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and others.†We offer and recommend prayer groups, retreats and events that support the contemplative life in the midst of ordinary life.
Centering Prayer is based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matt: 6:6): "...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you." ††
It is also inspired by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including the Desert Fathers and Mothers, John Cassian, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and Thomas Merton. ††
The method is taken from the 14th Century book, The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous Carthusian monk.
Events, Retreats, Workshops
Contemplative Life through the Eyes of Thomas Merton
Saturday, July 30, 2016 -- Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS
Study Merton's writings on prayer, liturgy, civil rights and more as a way to integrate more contemplation into your own life.
Centering Prayer Retreat at St. Benedict's Monastery Retreat Center, Snowmass, CO, September 27--October 3, 2016
Give yourself the gift of a silent retreat in the mountains of Colorado as the fall colors begin their dazzling show. This retreat will be anchored in Communal Prayer and Silence. There will be teachings (DVDs/CDs) by spiritual teachers, e.g., Keating, Rohr, Bourgeault, and others. For those in 12-step programs this retreat will present an opportunity to become more steeped in centering prayer as an 11th-step practice.
Resources: Learn the Prayer of Silence
Where to Pray
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